Boy filling boxes

Students Volunteer with Harvesters! 

Every day, our loyal volunteers work hard to bring relief to our neighbors who struggle with hunger. At Shawnee Heights Middle School near Topeka, students are getting an early start in supporting the fight against hunger.

kids with boxes

Barbara Cole, an art teacher at Shawnee Heights, first began partnering with Harvesters' Topeka facility when it opened seven years ago. Six times during the school year, she invites students to spend a few hours giving time at Harvesters' warehouse. 

A crowd of 20 to 25 students loads a bus after school and heads to Harvesters to learn about hunger and spend time repacking food or filling BackSnacks with nutritious, kid-friendly meals for children at risk of hunger.

Many elementary students in the Shawnee Heights School District receive BackSnacks from Harvesters each weekend. Some students who choose to volunteer with the middle school do so because they remember how important the food in their BackSnacks was to them when they were in elementary school. Students have told Barbara that because of their own experience, they give time to make sure other kids can get help, too.

Barbara says many students who volunteer go more than once because they have a great time and feel good about helping people in their community. A few Years ago, Harvesters recognized Shawnee Heights Middle School students' commitment to hunger relief with a Circle of Hope award for volunteer excellence. It's truly inspiring to see these caring young people's compassion in action!

Harvesters is so thankful for our volunteers of all ages! They help connect 141,500 people who might otherwise go hungry with the nutritious food they need every month.

 Story by: Harvesters,